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Margery Carpenter

Margery Carpenter developed a program for the National Council of Social Welfare to encourage college students to get their MSW degree and join the staff of Lutheran Social Welfare Agencies. She wrote appropriate recruitment material and visited Lutheran agencies in the country to counsel participating students. She showed similar pioneering efforts when serving as a volunteer consultant for the DC government in establishing the DC Youth Services Council. The Council was developed to recruit high school and college students to involve mentally handicapped youngsters in programs that combined training and play through a variety of creative activities from tumbling to crafts. She served as the coordinator in the development and supervision of the program.

Margery’s first employment was with a group of social workers in the first treatment home for emotionally disturbed children established by a public county-wide welfare agency, the Vince Day Center. She later joined the staff of the Minnesota Public Welfare Board as their Licensing Consultant for child caring agencies. While there, she served as a supervisor for group work students at the University of Minnesota School of Social Work. She then joined the staff of the National Lutheran Council and the Lutheran Office of Government Affairs. She was also a consultant for special projects for the Child Welfare League of America. She worked for six years in Chicago for the Council before moving to Washington, DC to join her husband who had moved there from Minnesota in 1961.

Margery Carpenter developed a program for the National Council of Social Welfare to encourage college students to get their MSW degree and join the staff of Lutheran Social Welfare Agencies. She wrote appropriate recruitment material and visited Lutheran agencies in the country to counsel participating students. She showed similar pioneering efforts when serving as a volunteer consultant for the DC government in establishing the DC Youth Services Council. The Council was developed to recruit high school and college students to involve mentally handicapped youngsters in programs that combined training and play through a variety of creative activities from tumbling to crafts. She served as the coordinator in the development and supervision of the program.

Margery’s first employment was with a group of social workers in the first treatment home for emotionally disturbed children established by a public county-wide welfare agency, the Vince Day Center. She later joined the staff of the Minnesota Public Welfare Board as their Licensing Consultant for child caring agencies. While there, she served as a supervisor for group work students at the University of Minnesota School of Social Work. She then joined the staff of the National Lutheran Council and the Lutheran Office of Government Affairs. She was also a consultant for special projects for the Child Welfare League of America. She worked for six years in Chicago for the Council before moving to Washington, DC to join her husband who had moved there from Minnesota in 1961.

Margery Carpenter was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Minnesota.  She continued at the University as a graduate for two years in the School of Social Work. As a graduate student, she became acquainted with fellow classmate and Civil Rights Leader, Whitney M. Young, Jr. She maintained contact with Mr. Young until his untimely death in 1971.

She was active for much of her professional life with the International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW) as a volunteer and a member of both national and international committees. She attended more than fifteen of ICSW international conferences, the first in Madras, India, in 1952. Since then she attended conferences in North America, Europe, and the Far East. She served as a speaker and group leader at several of the conferences. She received an award from the ICSW in 2009 at their conference in Tours, France, for her many years of service to ICSW.

Margery was a charter member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers as well as the National Association of Social Workers. She was also a charter member of the Friends of the Kennedy Center and the National Museum of Women of the Arts.

Mrs. Carpenter was married to Kenneth Carpenter who is also a NASW Social Work Pioneer®.

 

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